connecting computer and TV

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How can i capture a Television serial on my PC.

I want to store that on my hard disk then what to do??
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You can buy a special video card, or a special adapter (dazzle?). The video card has a cable jack in it which will decode the signals and show up on your screen, at which point you should be able to capture the video. Radeon's All-in-wonder are a good example. Otherwise you can buy an adapter that converts the RCA output plugs from your tv to something usable by your computer, USB or IEEE are the normal choices. I think there used to be a little hub called Dazzle or something like that floating around.
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There's a million and one ways to do this, varying in cost from $20 for a cheap card on eBay for very basic recording (have a huge hard drive ready) to tens of thousands of dollars for DVD-Quality video capture & editing.

How you go about doing it all really depends on the amount of money you're looking to spend.
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akaash wrote:
How can i capture a Television serial on my PC.

I want to store that on my hard disk then what to do??


MythTV or
Freevo.

http://www.mythtv.org/
http://freevo.sourceforge.net/
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Hey, nice links Daemonguy... You know of anything like this for linux?

I used to use this one a coupla years ago..

http://ronald.bitfreak.net/

But I'm not sure how that'll do in a general VCR type situation.
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Axe wrote:
Hey, nice links Daemonguy... You know of anything like this for linux?



Those were for Linux, however I grabbed a skeleton for Freevo and manually configured/compliled and it worked on my BSD box.

Both of those packages were built on linux, and hence, use the libraries contained therein.

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Oooh they were? neat.

I didn't look too much into 'em, I just assumed they were windows. Very good find then :)
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Axe wrote:
Oooh they were? neat.

I didn't look too much into 'em, I just assumed they were windows. Very good find then :)


Nah. The cleaning woman and I have that much in common -- we don't do windows.

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Would this work: Putting an ethernet card in that has ethernet and a cable jackin?
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bluedragon wrote:
Would this work: Putting an ethernet card in that has ethernet and a cable jackin?

In a word; no.

The connection must have integrated audio/video input -- much like standard cable coax. I am not sure that was the original intent of question anyway -- this person was looking for a DVR solution.

Those BNC style connectors, (or RG-58) you see on the back of some old ethernet cards are for thinnet, (thicknet is mostly used for backbone). It was (is) an alternative to twisted pair, which is what we commonly refer to as ethernet, though they both technically are (twisted pair is 10Base-T and coax is 10Base-2). The twisted pair utilize rj-45 connectors, instead of the BNC.

I am digressing far too much.... A graphics adapter with a proper cable input would be required as well as a DVR package.

(Of course, we will not get into conditioning the signal and splitting for the purpose of alternate input -- trying to keep it simple.)

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